K-12 financial sustainability

Mailing Date: 
February 28, 2011

New Book: Unsustainable

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Federal stimulus funding for K-12 has created an impression that schools are suffering today because of the economic downturn. This is true. But the downturn is not the principal reason for their financial pains.

For decades education expenditures have outpaced economic growth, and governments have increased spending to match. In recent years this has become less possible, because of the Great Recession and because of growing claims from other public services such as health care and social security.

UNSUSTAINABLE: A Strategy for Making Public Schooling More Productive, Effective, and Affordable is a new book released this month, by Education|Evolving associate Tim McDonald. In the book, McDonald applies Education|Evolving’s approach of rethinking the structure and incentives of school systems, to propose a strategy for addressing cost and effectiveness issues in K-12.

Timely and well-argued, it is essential reading for those in public and private life that recognize the central role of strategy to accomplish the aspirations of American public education.

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“This book’s…major contribution is a set of new and nontraditional policy ideas. They should get broad and serious attention.”

- Ted Kolderie, from the foreword

"In New York we are running the kind of split screen McDonald describes in this book. It is working for innovation, and we are strengthening it."

- Eric Nadelstern, Chief Schools Officer, New York City Department of Education

Rowman & Littlefield
Bella Giovanna

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